Best Excursions & Day Trips From Istanbul

Istanbul is a fantastic place to base yourself if you’re looking to explore some of Turkey’s top sights such as Hagia Sophia, the Bosphorus River and the Grand Bazaar.

If you’ve got a few days planned in Istanbul, you might also want to take a day trip to see the surrounding areas; thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 best day tours from Istanbul to give you some inspiration!

These tours are based on their incredible itineraries, customer ratings and their affordability.

1.Istanbul Byzantine Relics Half-Day Morning Tour

Istanbul Byzantine Relics Half-Day Morning Tour


Travel back in time and learn more about Istanbul’s fascinating history on this day tour from the city to the Byzantine Relics. You’ll see Relics that were around during the Roman Empire, as well as even before Ottoman times and you’ll also stop off at numerous other sightseeing-worthy spots such as the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque.


  • See top UNESCO sites such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia
  • Learn more about Istanbul’s enigmatic history from your expert tour guide
  • Enjoy a fun-filled day of exploring the Byzantine Relics


  • Hotel pickup and drop off with professional driver
  • Local taxes, fees and service charges
  • Licensed tour guide

Duration: 4 hours

Rating: 4/5